Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Does Facebook Have a Role in Helping "High-Risk" Nursing Students in a Diploma Program? A Pilot Study
by Ferrara-Love, Rose, D.N.P., Carlow University, 2013, 79; 3595806
Abstract (Summary)

Approximately 15-25 percent of students admitted to Citizens School of Nursing are identified as "high-risk for failure" by the school's admission criteria. Remediation plans may be too little, too late to help those students succeed. The use of study groups can be of assistance for them but have disadvantages. Conversations other than content often find their way into discussions and can be a distraction. Financial constraints such as child care may prevent students from committing to study, and work schedules conflict with study groups. Social media in education may be used as an adjunct to course work with YouTube videos and email.

The purpose of the study was to see if the use of Facebook as a study group helped high-risk students in a diploma nursing school succeed. Students chosen randomly by the rotation course to which they were assigned after completion of the basic Nursing courses. During the term, the experimental group utilized Facebook in a private study group accessed only by the students and instructor. At the end of the term, the grade point averages (GPSs) and pass-fail numbers were analyzed. The control group had lower overall grades, four failures, and one withdrawal during the study. The experimental group had no failures and an overall increase of one point five-percentage points from the basic Nursing courses.

Further investigation of this type of intervention is indicated as this pilot study only looked at a small group of students over three rotation courses. It may be beneficial to begin a similar study at the beginning of the program and monitor it over the course of the two-year program.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lindell, Kathleen O., Schwartz, Harriett
Commitee: Reed, Robert A., Thompson, Renee
School: Carlow University
Department: Nursing Practice
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-B 75/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Keywords: Diploma programs, Facebook, High-risk students, Nursing education, Nursing students, Study groups
Publication Number: 3595806
ISBN: 978-1-303-42041-2
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